I want to make certain the UE family is aware that one of our students was seriously hurt in a random act of violence off campus this weekend. Mohammed Al Nasser is recovering in the hospital after being shot at the apartment complex where he lives several miles from campus. Mohammed told police and UE administrators who have visited him, that a man approached him and asked if was interested in selling his car. The man then pulled out a small-caliber handgun, pointed it at Mohammed, and told him to get inside his apartment, which he did. The man took Mohammed’s debit card and keys, then shot him in the face. Mohammed called 9-1-1 and police were able to chase the suspect through Evansville and into Henderson, where he was taken into custody.
Again, this was a random act that could not have been anticipated, but it does remind us all that everyone’s safety, both on and off campus, is of utmost importance to us. This is Safety and Security Week on campus and a variety of activities are underway to acquaint students with security tips. One of those activities will be an open forum on Thursday presented by the Evansville Police Department.
Keeping Yourself Safe On and Off Campus
Presented by the Evansville Police Department
Thursday, September 12
Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall Room 252
Additionally, if you would like to talk to one of our campus officers, they will be positioned at a table adjacent to the Information Desk in Ridgway University Center throughout the week. You can also find information at www.evansville.edu/safety. As a reminder, the Office of Safety and Security is open 24 hours a day and counseling services are available around the clock.
Again, I am glad to let you know that Mohammed is recovering and the University is assisting him, his family, and authorities in any way possible. Please join me in keeping him in your thoughts and prayers.
Dana D. Clayton
Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students